Leen Peeters is civil engineer. After her studies, she worked several years at the University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), with shorter research visits at different universities in the Netherlands and the UK. During the first years, her research was mainly focussed on modelling of installations in dynamic building simulation codes in the framework of the Flemish inter-university project el2ep and the international IEA ECBCS annex 42 project on micro-CHP. During these projects, the aim was to optimise buildings for energy use, cost and ecological impact and to study the characteristics and specificities of micro-CHP.
For her PhD research, improved standards for thermal comfort in residential buildings were derived and models were set up to determine the characteristics of an ideal heating or cooling system. Therefore, an abstract simulation level was embedded in an existing building simulation code which was consequently coupled to an optimisation code.
After her PhD, Leen became part-time professor at the University of Brussels (VUB) for the courses on thermodynamics in the 3rd year bachelor of engineering and thermodyanmics and introduction to heat transfer in the 2nd year of engineering-architecture. Her research at the VUB focusses on air flows in buildings and its influence on the heat transfer through the building envelope and on the efficiency of the whole building and installation. In the framework of this reserach, a cooperation has been set up with research institutes in the US. As a result, Leen is connected as researcher to the University of Texas at Austin, where she participates in different projects on heat transfer and indoor air quality.
Leen teaches multiple modules in the VUB-postacademic course of energy adviser (energiedeskundige A), all oriented towards installations and building physics. Leen writes articles in the domain of energy in buildings in international scientific journals as well as in national magazines in the domain of buildings and installations.
Leen is a regular speaker at different seminars related to sustainable building and energy efficient installations. Since ocotber 2010 Leen started Th!nk E to provide companies assistence in R&D, seminars and technical communication.
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